JR conversion for Strike 16 trimaran (a Richard Woods design)

  • 17 Mar 2020 14:52
    Reply # 8837096 on 4668946

    I'm also interested in this..... I'm in the process of building a canoe / trimaran of about this  size along the same general lines, also planning to junk rig it for the same reason (among others).  Bought a pair of old  Hobie hulls for amas........  They are way too heavy and have delamination between the skin and core.   I have pulled the decks  off, and the posts out, and when I'm done I'll have just the outer skin, a few stringers, and bulkheads, and mostly doped fabric deck.........  80 lbs each was just way too heavy!!   I have wished that I didn't buy them.......... more than once, but the rudders and  hardware were easily worth more than I paid... Stitch and glue would have made more sense. 

       The cuddy on the Strike 16 looks like it wouldn't provide much protection... I'm eager to hear how your junk rig conversion works out.  There have been several small junk rigged trimarans built that I've found over the years. Seems to me that there's one in the Portland Oregon area, and another on one of the islands in the Northern Indian Ocean.


  • 15 Mar 2020 20:15
    Reply # 8829757 on 4668946

    This thread seems to have not gotten off the ground. I'm wondering if anyone has tried to use a junk rig of any sort with a small tri. I've been thinking of building or acquiring a small try for dinghy crusing, and rigging it with a split junk. It seems that a split junk would roughly mimic the likely mast position of a bermudian rig, while being much handier for single handing.

  • 15 Mar 2017 19:38
    Message # 4668946

    Richard Oates wrote:

    A few years ago I completed a Strike 16 folding trimaran but have always been unhappy with the mast position on top of the cuddy, and indeed with the cuddy itself which is cramped and prevents easy access to the foredeck.  Also I hate the bright white sails which give me a headache in bright sunshine. I think it would make a great JR conversion.  It would be really easy to fit a tabernacle in the foredeck and as the sail area is about the same as my friend David’s Westerly Nimrod (see separate post re this JR conversion) I thought I might adopt the same weaverbird configuration.  It would be an economical way for me to learn more about JRs and improve this boat.

    The tri has an 8 inch draft with no centreplate and relies on the box section of the centre hull and the V shaped amas for lateral resistance. She will be a great boat for the shallow waters of Morecambe Bay.  Being very light and easily driven she should be pretty fast and I am wondering if this has any implications for the sail design. Any comments on this idea will be gratefully received.  Also being a new member I am not sure if this warrants a new thread?

    New topic duly started!

    Sounds like a good plan to me. And as it happens that when I was buying the cloth for David's sail I bought the same quantity again in tan colour, I have the makings of the sail ready and waiting for you. And as I'm in the middle of making David's sail, this would be a good time to come and visit again, to see how I'm doing it.

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